In our last article we compared the records of the top six strikers expected to get the goals in the Premier League and today it’s the turn of the players at the other end of the pitch. The ones who are expected, (in some cases it is hope rather than expectation), to save the club from dropping points and occasionally winning them some.

It has been said that a good goalkeeper can be worth up to 15 points per season. This is allowing for the fact that he may be the saviour of the team in many close games where 1-0 or 2-1 for example, remains the score at the end thanks to the keeper, or a draw remains a draw purely because of saves he has made.

So here are the goalkeepers at the “big six” in the Premier League. See how you think they compare.

1 – Petr Cech (Arsenal) Age 35

By far the most experienced goalkeeper of the six, he has made 533 senior club appearances in a career that has seen him playing for Chmel Bišany, Sparta Prague, Rennes, Chelsea and Arsenal.

He has also represented the Czech Republic on 124 occasions.

A very reliable goalkeeper whose value was proven when Chelsea decided to sell him and he was immediately snapped up by Arsenal, who have him to thank for many of their clean sheets and for improving what had become a slightly rocky defence.

The importance of a top quality goalkeeper to the defenders around him cannot be overstated.

2 – Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) Age 25

Coutois is the reason Petr Cech now plays for Arsenal. After a very successful loan period with Atlético Madrid, Courtois was making noises about a permanent move if he wasn’t to be the first choice keeper at Stamford Bridge. Such was Chelsea’s confidence in him that they sold Cech and installed Courtois as their number one.

He has now made 250 senior appearances for his three clubs which also include Genk in Belgium and he has become the undisputed Belgian number one having now made 52 appearances for them.

Another reliable goalkeeper who rarely makes mistakes.

3 – Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) Age 29

The only goalkeeper from the “big six” who isn’t the number one for his country following the promotion of Ederson to the Brazilian team.

Unreliable and the cause of several goal concessions each season, the impression is that, if Jürgen Klopp could replace him with a top quality keeper, then he would do so like a shot.

Unfortunately for Liverpool fans, his understudy Loris Karius is just as bad but less experienced, so Mignolet keeps on getting the nod.

At 24 there is time for Karius to improve and become the number one but as for Mignolet, he isn’t going to get any better.

He has made 332 appearances for his three clubs, Sint-Truiden, Sunderland and Liverpool and has also managed to get into the Belgian team on 19 occasions, (Courtois must have been too young or injured at those times)

4 – Ederson (Manchester City) Age 24

The only one of the six who is a rather unknown quantity but, if the start to his Premier League career at City is anything to go by then he will be around for a long time.

He has only made a total of 114 senior appearances for Ribeirão, Rio Ave, Benfica and Manchester City and has already broken into the Brazil team thanks to his recent form.

Consequently, he only has one senior international cap to his name.

5 – David De Gea (Manchester United) Age 26

Undoubtedly the best of the six keepers on this list. He replaced Iker Casillas as the Spanish number one a couple of years ago and has never really looked back.

He has now made a total of 299 senior club appearances for Atlético Madrid and Manchester United and 24 appearances for the Spanish national team.

It is no secret that Real Madrid would like him to replace Keylor Navas but, as yet, they have failed in all their attempts to prise him away. If recent reports are to be believed then PSG are also now interested in signing him but, if he hasn’t gone to his hometown club, then it is unlikely he will go to Paris.

6 – Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) Age 30

The French number one has also been a reliable keeper for Spurs and was twice quite heavily linked with Manchester United. The first time was just before they signed De Gea and the second was when it looked as though the Spaniard would leave for Real Madrid.

He has made 414 senior appearances for his clubs, Nice, Lyon and Tottenham.

He is firmly established as the undisputed first choice for France and has now made 94 senior appearances for his country.

After Mignolet he is the next most likely to make a mistake and can, very occasionally, be unpredictable in his actions. He h still, however, a very good goalkeeper.

That’s it, there is no more, except to say let us know in the comments who you think is the best of the six.

  1. Michael Daniel says:

    I give it to De Gea for now. up blues


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